Wayne Ellington recalls moment when Jeremy Lin got into it with Kobe Bryant
This story can make you think how much the Brooklyn Nets are missing from the injured Jeremy Lin. He may present himself as one of the humblest and most laid-back player in the league, but he is not going to back down from anyone. Forget all the scoring; a certain toughness flows through the man’s veins.
While at media day during the All-Star weekend, Lin’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate and now Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington recalled an incident at practice where Lin got testy with one Kobe Bryant – maybe the fiercest and most demanding teammate one could ever have.
Jeremy Lin and Kobe were trash-talking each other… and J-Lin was like ‘Kobe, you know, I’m not scared of you, man. Only person I’m scared of is God. Kobe looked at him and said ‘Yeah… me, God, Yeah…’
Early in that campaign, they had an in-game moment that may have planted the seed for their season-long back-and-forth.
It got worse as the months went by.
Bryant and Lin only played for one season together (2014-15), but it was a year where the two had many reasons get heated at each other, since one ran the point guard position and the other always needed the ball in his hands.
Bryant averaged 22.3 points per game on 37.3-percent shooting that year, and ranked third in the team in field goal attempts despite missing 47 games due to an injury. Lin, meanwhile, only shot 42.4 percent from the floor (second-worst of his career) and led the team in turnovers.
That Lakers squad finished 21-61, and was 29th in points allowed and defensive rating.